Close But No Cigar, Giants Fans Should Hope For Déjà Vu
by John Jastremski
Nov 18, 2015 | 35597 views | 0 0 comments | 280 280 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s no secret that the New England Patriots bring out the best in the New York Giants franchise. The Patriots have dominated the sport since 2001, but the team responsible for denying absolute immortality for the Patriots, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick has been Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning’s New York Giants.

Think about that for a minute. Belichick & Brady would have six Super Bowl rings if it weren’t for the Giants unbelievable efforts in Super Bowls 42 and 46.

Sure enough, Sunday’s performance between the Patriots and Giants delivered yet another instant classic that came down to the bitter end.

Sadly for Giants fans, it was the Patriots, Belichick and Brady who had the last laugh in a 27-26 victory at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants gave the undefeated Patriots all they could handle in the defeat. Eli Manning was magnificent, the much-maligned defense was able to generate some sort of pass rush and a few turnovers, and the opportunity to win was right at the Giants in the fourth quarter.

Admit it, I’m sure many of you were thinking, this is the Super Bowl all over again!

There's 2:05 left, Giants with a first and goal from the five-yard line, with a chance to do what they always seem to do, beat the New England Patriots.

Then, it all went wrong.

I think it’s unfair to specifically point at one aspect at the Giants loss over the final two minutes and say, “That’s why they lost the game.”

A variety of factors contributed to the Giants heartbreaking defeat. Poor clock management yet again was a factor, but don’t forget about Odell Beckham dropping a touchdown on that first-down play, poor play calling and safety Landon Collins dropping what should have been a gift interception to seal the deal.

Everything that could’ve gone wrong for the Giants in the final two minutes did go wrong and the Patriots were perfect.

Yes, the final two minutes a lot of things went against the New York Giants, but it also speaks volumes regarding the brilliance of the New England Patriots and their ability to execute.

You saw the greatest head coach of this generation on the top of his game handling his timeouts, clock management strategy that allowed the greatest quarterback of this generation to do what he is able to do best: orchestrate a magnificent game-winning drive.

So, after ten games, the Giants are a 5-5 football team and the bad news is that they’ve certainly missed multiple opportunities to have a better record.

However, there is good news, the Giants play in the second-worst division in football and are still in sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

This current group of Giants should try and channel déjà vu to the last time the Giants lost to an undefeated Patriots team in the regular season.

In the 2007 season, the Giants hosted the undefeated Patriots on the final day of the regular season. The debate on sports radio and throughout the New York tabloids was whether or not the Giants should play their starters considering they had already clinched a playoff birth.

The Giants played their starters and lost a hard-fought 38-35 game, but it was the springboard to a postseason run to remember, which concluded with a victory over the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

The 2015 Giants need to build upon the performance they put together against the Patriots. They showed the football world that this team is certainly capable of beating the best the league has to offer.

Sure, the Giants are a flawed football team and of course the pass rush in 2015 does not even come close to resembling the one we saw in those two Super Bowl seasons, but have you seen the rest of the NFC East?

Why can’t the Giants win this division?

The Eagles are a flawed football team that will be turning the reigns over to Mark Sanchez. Yes, hide the women and children.

The Redskins are still well...the Redskins.

The Dallas Cowboys have the most talented team and will welcome Tony Romo back on Sunday, but they have a record of 2-7. Good luck trying to dig yourself out of that hole.

This division is up for grabs, so go out there and get it. If the Giants can put together a lot more performances that resemble the one we saw on Sunday, they’ll do something they haven’t done since 2011: play in the postseason.

For a trip back to the playoffs, it’s all about a little Deja Blue.

JJ’s Week 11 Unlocks of the Week

(Season Record: 20-27-2)

• Dallas PK

• Oakland -2

• Arizona -3

• Chicago +1

• NY Jets -2.5

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